Clay - we used Creative Paperlay® which air dries to a paintable pure white (no oven needed)
1 2-inch-round cookie cutter
Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Clear acrylic varnish
Acrylic paints: red, white, black
*Note: Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from clay instead of paper but may not be as practical if you plan to send it through the mails. The choice is yours.
For Paper Castings:
1. When paper casting is dry, apply a light coat of varnish to seal the casting from moisture (so it will not swell and lose the design when paint is applied). Apply a light 2nd coat of varnish and let dry.
2. Apply paint to the design as shown. Apply each color separately and let dry between coats so colors don't run into each other. Let dry.
3. Apply a light coat of spray varnish to seal in paint. Let dry. Apply a 2nd coat of varnish if desired for more sturdiness. Let dry.
Use casting to create a greeting card, or glue a magnet on the back, or come up with your own creation.
For Clay Castings:
1. While clay is still wet, cut out casting with cookie cutter. If making a Christmas ornament, us a straw or toothpick to poke a hole in the casting at the top. Let dry.
2. Smooth rough places with a very light sandpaper if needed.
3. Optional: Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
4. Apply paints separately, letting paint dry between coats to prevent running.
Use casting to create a greeting card, or glue a magnet on the back, or make a Christmas tree ornament, or come up with your own imaginative creation.